Hon. Russell W. Harford

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(308) 432-0116
(308) 432-0118

Hon. Russell W. Harford


2009 - present
Judge of the County Court, 12th Judicial District
Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, & Sioux counties

Presiding Judge of the 12th Judicial District, County Court


1989 - 2009
Private practice of law, partner
Chadron, NE

1994 - 1995, 1997
Dawes County Attorney’s Office, interim county attorney
Chadron, NE

1988 - 1989
Private practice of law, associate
Chadron, NE

1988 - 1989
Box Butte County Attorney’s Office, deputy attorney
Alliance, NE

1986 - 1988
Nebraska State Patrol, law clerk
Lincoln, NE


University of Nebraska College of Law, 1987
Juris Doctorate - with distinction

Chadron State College, 1983
Master of Arts - Guidance/Counseling

University of Maryland, 1975
Bachelor of Science
Law Enforcement & Corrections

Judicial/Law Related Activities

Professional Affiliations
Nebraska State Bar Association

Nebraska State Bar/Local Attorney Association Committees
Alternate Chairperson, Dawes/Sioux/Sheridan County Mental Health Board, 1998 -2009
Coach, Chadron High School Mock Trial Team

Nebraska Supreme Court Committees
Lead judge, District 12 Team 1, Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative

Nebraska County Court Committees
Judicial Liaison, County Court Trial Court Forms Committee

Community Activities

Guardian ad litem, 2007 & 2009
Board member, Dawes County Crimestoppers
Board member, Drug Abuse Resistance Education

Honors and Awards

Good Neighbor Award, 2009, from Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben/Omaha World Herald
Order of the Coif, 1988, University of Nebraska College of Law
Law Review, 1987 – 1988, University of Nebraska College of Law

Teaching & Publishing 

Adjunct faculty member, Chadron State College, teaching pre-law and psychology classes